Gloriosa Daisy steps onto the stage for his final number.  ???????????????????????????????

A hush falls over the crowd.  Gloriosa Daisy.  The Great Performer.    ???????????????????????????????

He begins to sing and dance.  ???????????????????????????????

It is a subtle reprise of his big summer number.  He does not attempt the show stopper quality of his earlier performance.  finalists08

Instead, he expresses himself as he truly is, here in the Autumn garden.  DSC03940

He revels in his current condition.  DSC08323

He brings the crowd to tears with the subtle beauty of his aging petals.  ???????????????????????????????

He pulls at their heart strings as he appears to die before their very eyes.  ???????????????????????????????

A silence comes over the hall, broken only by the soft sobs of the audience.  Is this it?  Is this the tragic death of the beautiful prince????????????????????????????????

The last gasp of the conquering hero????????????????????????????????

No, my dears.  NO!  Gloriosa leaps into the air.???????????????????????????????

He is not dead. DSC03878

Stunningly, amazingly and unbelievably, Gloriosa blooms on.???????????????????????????????

The crowd leaps to its feet.  YES!  ???????????????????????????????

The indomitable spirit of Gloriosa Daisy shines brightly.???????????????????????????????

The crowd cheers wildly, reveling in the power of the flower who finds the strength for an Autumn Reprise. ???????????????????????????????

They cheer for their beloved hero who pulls out all the stops and keeps on blooming, even as the garden fades towards Winter.DSC04051

Gloriosa Daisy.  The Great Performer.DSC08371

33 thoughts on “Reprise

    1. Merci. C’est ma fleur préférée . Il fleurit pendant trois mois, puis il recommence à l’automne. From the Summer Solstice to the Autumnal Equinox and on up to the hard frosts, Gloriosa Daisy shows off his beautiful yellows and reds throughout the garden. Good fun. 🙂

    1. The blog world tells a harrowing tale. Snows in Saskatchewan, frosts in Minnesota and New Hampshire. Yikes. Even the first light frost has a huge impact here, as I grow many elephant ears which will flop at the slightest frost. Haven’t seen one yet. I’m hoping for several more weeks. Have a fine equinox! 🙂

    1. Thanks. Yes, this is a special moment in the year with this flower, as the old, established perennials are fading yet the new seedlings from this Spring’s sowing are just now blooming. It is a nice juxtaposition in the same time frame. Soon they will all pass and soon enough Spring will bring them all back again. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much. And thanks for all of your excellent posts this summer. I just love your edible African garden. Always something new, different, interesting and – so it appears – delicious! Keep up the great work. 🙂

    1. You are most welcome, Sharon. Providing your breakfast entertainment is one of my favorite blog activities (Now, I’m not sure it is really an activity, but the blog world allows us to define that kind of thing how we want, doesn’t it.) Have a wonderful day. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much Heartafire. I find it to be so myself. Hence my desire to share. So thanks for letting me share. 🙂

    1. Thanks. With all the fading flowers juxtaposed among the new bloomers, which are in reality this year’s seedlings, there is a bit of the circle of life visible right now. Thanks so much for reading. 🙂

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